Dictionary of northern mythology

Rudolf Simek ; translated by Angela Hall

For two and a half thousand years, from 1500 BC to AD 1000, a culture as significant as the classical civilisation of the Mediterranean world settled an immense area in northern Europe that stretched from Iceland to the Black Sea. But the sources of our knowledge about these societies are relatively few, leaving the gods of the North shrouded in mystery. In compiling this dictionary Rudolf Simek has made the fullest possible use of the information available -Christian accounts, Eddic lays, the Elder Edda, runic inscriptions, Roman authors (especially Tacitus), votive stones, place names and archaeological discoveries. He has adhered throughout to a broad definition of mythology which presents the beliefs of the heathen Germanic tribes in their entirety: not only tales of the gods, but beings from lower levels of belief: elves, dwarfs and giants; the beginning and end of the world; the creation of man, death and the afterlife; cult, burial customs and magic - an entire history of Germanic religion. RUDOLF SIMEK is Professor of Medieval German and Scandinavian literature at the University of Bonn in Germany.

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  • List of abbreviations
  • glossary of specialized terms
  • spelling and pronunciation of Icelandic names
  • dictionary.

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書名 Dictionary of northern mythology
著作者等 Simek, Rudolf
Hall Angela
書名別名 Lexikon der germanischen Mythologie
出版元 D.S. Brewer
刊行年月 1993
版表示 New ed
ページ数 xiv, 424 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0859913694
NCID BA20784698
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言語 英語
原文言語 ドイツ語
出版国 イギリス